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Stephens Waring Yacht Design once again sponsor of the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous

March 21, 2012

Stephens Waring Yacht Design,one of the world’s top Spirit of Tradition design houses announced his repeat sponsorship of the extremely successful Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, to be held in Maine from 16th to 19th May, 2012.

SWYD sailing yacht Isobel - Horizon Racing - copyright Alison Langley

SWYD sailing yacht Isobel - Horizon Racing - copyright Alison Langley

In its inaugural year in 2011, the Penobscot Bay Rendezvous attracted a 48-strong fleet as varied as it as competitive. The entry list is open to superyachts, classics , cruisers,racers, picnic boats and lobster yachts and provides something for everyone.

Stephens Waring Yacht Design presented yacht Isobel, their new 75ft fast-cruiser, last year at this event and were very successful on the race course during the four-day celebration of boating and boatbuilding, claiming second overall on corrected.

The Rendezvous features daily races for the sailing boats and a Poker Run and Photo Pursuit event for the powerboats, and participants are entertained at a different venue each evening with lobster bakes, barbecues, dancing and fireworks.

SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43 sailing yacht

SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43 sailing yacht

“This event has all the makings of becoming a classic in the Maine sailing calendar. It was very successful last year and great fun with excellent racing. We had just launched Isobel, our latest fast-­cruiser and this event was a good opportunity to put her through her paces – she did well and added to a string of early wins,”said Paul Waring of Stephens Waring Yacht Design.

“ We are delighted to renew our Commodore Sponsorship for this event and are very much looking forward to it.”

Stephens Waring is currently working with Rivolta Yachts on the launch plans for its latest contribution to the sail boat market: the SWYD Rivolta Vintage 43. The luxury production daysailer is a collaboration with the Florida-­based powerboat manufacturer well-­known for its Italian design flair and American reliability. The two firms teamed up in 2009 to create an easily managed and well-­appointed day sailer that combines fingertip sailing with plush accommodation. Stay posted for more news on the launch!

10 Perini Navi superyachts set to compete in the St. Barths Bucket Regatta 2012

March 21, 2012

This year again Perini Navi participates at the St. Barths Bucket Regatta, represented by 10 spectacular vessels, including the 47m charter yacht Andromeda la Dea, the 46m luxury charter yacht Antara, the 50m charter yacht Baracuda, the 45m sailing yacht Clan VIII, the 56m Fidelis, the 45m Helios, the 56m charter yacht Panthalassa, the 54m Parsifall III, the 56m charter yacht Zenji and the 38m charter yacht P2. This popular regatta will take place in the Caribbean from March 22 to 25, 2012.

From the 38m charter yacht P2 shot at the St Barths Bucket Regatta

From the 38m charter yacht P2 shot at the St Barths Bucket Regatta

Forty-seven yachts will make up the fleet of this year’s St Barths Bucket Regatta, an international regatta that draws yachts and designers from all over the world to the Caribbean, for a fun yet competitive regatta where safety is held supreme.

The Perini Navi yacht that places first will win, as every year, the Perini Navi Trophy.

Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III at the St Barth's Bucket Regatta

Luxury sailing yacht Parsifal III at the St Barth's Bucket Regatta

The fleet, which will be made up entirely of yachts of over 100ft, will be racing in the beautiful waters around the Island of St Baths and will be divided into three categories: Les Gazelles de Mer is the Racing category and will have 20 yachts enrolled, Les Grandes Dames de Mer is the Cruising category and will have 15 yachts enrolled. Finally, Les Elegantes del Mers is the category reserved for J Class yachts and will have 12 yachts enrolled.

Helios and The Maltese Falcon superyachts at the Bucket

Helios and The Maltese Falcon superyachts at the Bucket

The regatta will begin on March 22nd and will have a full programme. Starting with registration and a J Class Exhibition Race, the Captain’s Meeting, the Fleet Welcome Party and the Owner’s Reception. The first regatta will follow the Around the Island course and will begin in the morning of March 23rd followed by the Dock Party & Fleet Open House in the evening. The second race will be the next day and will be along the Not so wiggley course and will be followed by the Bucket Bash. March 25th will see the last race along the Wrong Way Around course and will be followed by the prize ceremony and a cocktail party.

Doyle Sailmakers sponsors the 2012 St Barths Bucket Regatta

March 21, 2012

Doyle Sailmakers is pleased to sponsor the St Barths Bucket Regatta once again, running from March 22 to 25, 2012. The wait list to take part in this popular yacht regatta is a real proof of the excellent job done by the Bucket organizers, superyacht owners as well as crew, elevating superyacht competing to an amazing level of fun and excitement.

Perini Navi Charter Yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA Courtesy of Fred Summer

Perini Navi Charter Yacht ANDROMEDA LA DEA Courtesy of Fred Summer

Numerous superyachts with Doyle sails will be taking part in the 2012 St Barths Bucket including: the 47m charter yacht Andromeda La Dea, the 62m Athos, the 37.5m luxury charter yacht Axia, the 50m charter yacht Baracuda, the 37m charter yacht Bliss, the 34m superyacht Blue Too, the 56m Fidelis, the 39m luxury charter yacht Ganesha, the 45m Helios II, the 43m Koo, the 37m charter yacht Moonbird, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 25m sailing yacht Paraiso, the 54m Parsifal III, the 45m charter yacht Salperton IV, Symmetry and the 56m charter yacht Zenji.

Luxury sailing yacht AXIA

Luxury sailing yacht AXIA

Doyle Sailmakers’ continued success in the superyacht market is the result of design and engineering expertise, reliability and after sales service. Their network of over 80 lofts worldwide allows them to provide local service worldwide.

Luxury charter yacht Bliss

Luxury charter yacht Bliss

Doyle Sailmakers will be well represented in St Barths by Robbie Doyle and numerous representatives from all over the world including: John Baxter, Richard Bouzaid, Matt Bridge, Glenn Cook, Quinny Houry, Richard Hulston, Phill Maxwell, Maria Francesca Natoli, Andrew Schneider, Brendan Simons, Jud Smith, Francesco Valenza, and Guy Waddilove.

Perini Navi 38m charter yacht P2 comes third at the 2012 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta

March 21, 2012

Sleek and fast 38m sailing yacht P2, launched by the renowned Italian builder Perini Navi in 2008 has come third at this year´s Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous. Designed by well-known Philippe Briand, the luxury charter yacht P2 features a light, easy to manoeuvre hull with some excellent rigging and sails.

38m luxury charter yacht P2 by Perini Navi

38m luxury charter yacht P2 by Perini Navi

This popular race organized by Boat International Media and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda offers both sailing as well as motor yachts an opportunity to meet for four days of regattas and socializing in the fabulous British Virgin Islands.

The thirteen participating yachts arrived in the following order: the 31m Indio, the 42m Hanuman, the 38m charter yacht P2, the 35m luxury charter yacht Sojana, the 35m luxury yacht Firefly, the 44m Salperton, the 37m charter yacht Bliss, the 39m charter yacht Ganesha, the 55m Marie, the 50m sailing yacht Zefira, Billy Budd, the 48m Lady B and the 39.5m luxury yacht Altair.

Following the RORC Caribbean 600 and the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, the P2´s regatta season will continue with:

The St Barths Bucket Regatta: March 22-25, 2012
The Palma Superyacht Cup: June 20-23, 2012
The Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: September 2-8, 2012.

34th America´s Cup: New deal to be submitted to Board of Supervisors

March 21, 2012

The head of the organization spearheading the America’s Cup in San Francisco said yesterday that they will encourage the proposal that the office of Mayor Edwin M. Lee submitted to the Board, which supports San Francisco as the host city to the world’s most prominent sailing event, the America’s Cup, in San Francisco during the summer of 2013.

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

“We have worked very hard to bring this historic race to San Francisco and we’re glad we have reached an agreement with the City,” said Stephen Barclay, a Director of the America’s Cup Event Authority. “While we support the deal submitted to the Board, it is not what we had anticipated or planned for.”

Barclay said the new deal falls short on several key provisions that were “anticipated to be included and the absence of these provisions will have a negative impact on the financial outcome of the event. While far from ideal, we’re just pleased to be done so we can move away from deal points and start focusing on the races and the competition between the teams, which is what the Louis Vuitton Cup and America’s Cup is all about.”

The new deal calls for the America’s Cup Event Authority to spend more and be reimbursed less. The deal re-instates Piers 30 and 32 as the potential location for the America’s Cup Team Bases, giving the race a central area for the teams and a “pit row” for spectators. The fan access to Team Bases, combined with the America’s Cup Village at Piers 27/29 and the natural sailing amphitheater of the Bay, will create one of the best live viewing experiences the sport has ever seen.

For those not able to view the race in person, this Cup sees the return to live national television, with NBC Sports Group to broadcast over-the-air in the U.S. for the first time in more than 20 years.

“The broadcast interest is a reflection of the exciting venue, technological advancements of the boats, and, most importantly technological advances in cinematography that capture this race like never before,” said Barclay.
In 2013, the 34th America’s Cup is expected to generate over a billion dollars in economic benefits for San Francisco during the next two years and will draw millions of fans and spectators and more than 1,000 accredited news media for the races.

The race will be sailed in the natural stadium of the San Francisco Bay between the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, running up and down the City waterfront. The Bay produces spectacular racing conditions with consistent, heavy winds, putting on shore spectators at the heart of the action.

Chairman Richard to Head America’s Cup World Series Development

March 21, 2012

The chairman of America’s Cup marketing arm is to become its head of world series development, permitting him to concentrate exclusively on finding new America’s Cup World Series venues as well as generating increased broadcast revenues from the promising growth of America’s Cup competitive sailing.

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

34th America´s Cup Yacht Race to be held in San Francisco in 2013

The America’s Cup Event Authority announced today that Richard Worth will become the head of America’s Cup World Series Development and spearhead what is becoming one of the most important efforts to grow the sport of sailing and the America’s Cup, bringing the race to new and old fans alike through television and the internet.

“I am excited about the opportunity to focus my efforts and help America’s Cup sailing to reach new audiences and advertisers,” Worth said. “The 34th America’s Cup and the Louis Vuitton Cup are established sporting properties but occur only every three or four years. Our challenge is to develop the World Series into a fantastic asset and this is the key to future growth of the sport internationally.”

In the interim, the CEO’s role will be filled by Stephen Barclay, a Board Member of the America’s Cup Event Authority.

With the television product now largely developed, the focus turns to developing the AC World Series as a sporting property, and as a result, Gary Lovejoy (Director of Media Production) will revert to a consultancy role before leaving the Event Authority in September. Stephen Barclay notes “the TV pictures are a real achievement of this edition of the America’s Cup. Finally, the sport of sailing looks like a sport when watched on TV and Gary has been the person who has led this development. We thank him for his enormous contribution”.

Denis Harvey will take on more responsibility in his role as Production Executive of America’s Cup Television as the Event Authority moves into the final three events of the inaugural America’s Cup World Series season. “This is an exciting time for capturing and distributing this racing to viewers and I am excited to participate in the effort,” said Harvey.

The next generation images that are capturing the world are enabled through high-definition cameras and microphones on each boat, bringing the live action directly to race fans watching online and on television. In addition, viewers are able to clearly see who’s leading a race through a helicopter shot that incorporates augmented reality, the LiveLine graphics system created by the same team that developed the yellow first-down line in American football telecasts.

The AC World Series Naples will be broadcast in the U.S. by Comcast SportsNet and in Europe by Sky Sports, Viasat, Canal+ and a main stream Italian broadcaster, amongst others, starting April 11, 2012. The AC World Series will be sailed in the wing-sailed catamaran yachts AC45.

The NBC Sports Group also will broadcast live, over-the-air races from the Louis Vuitton Cup and the America’s Cup Final between July 4 to September 22, 2013. The America’s Cup events of 2013 will be sailed in the next generation America’ s Cup boat, the AC72 yacht, more than double the size of an AC45 with its 131-foot mast.

45th Antigua Sailing Week: Entries fast approaching over 100 yachts

March 21, 2012

The entry list for the 45th Antigua Sailing Week is fast approaching over 100 yachts. There are just six weeks to go before the final curtain call of the Caribbean racing season. The Organising Committee is recruiting dozens of volunteers for the SWAT team (Sailing Week Antigua Team) to make sure that the Caribbean’s oldest and most prestigious regatta is a joy to behold.

Flying the Antiguan Flag - Sir Hugh Bailey's famous spinnaker on Hugo Bee. Photo Courtesy of Alan Aflak

Flying the Antiguan Flag - Sir Hugh Bailey's famous spinnaker on Hugo Bee. Photo Courtesy of Alan Aflak

Kathy Lammers ,  Chairman of the Regatta Organising Committee for Antigua Sailing Week comments:

“The management team is working flat out to deliver a great event and we are ready to have a bit of a celebration when we pass 100 entries. We know there are a lot of boats coming that have not entered yet and we would encourage them to submit their online entries now. If you haven’t got a ride for Antigua Sailing Week and want to come, there are still plenty of opportunities.”

“We are expecting as many as 2,000 visitors from abroad to come to Antigua Sailing Week and we intend to give them the best possible Antiguan experience.”

Tom Paterson was raised in Antigua and has lived here virtually all his life. He is well known to regulars to Antigua Sailing Week as the larger-than-life Master of Ceremonies at the Final Awards Presentation and Tom has an intimate knowledge of the event; he was Chairman of the Race Committee for 12 years:

“There are just too many happy memories to single one out,” admitted Tom.  “Antigua Sailing Week is what it is – it means so many things to so many people. I guess some of the most memorable battles on the water have been between Caribbean boats because Antigua Sailing Week marks the end of the regatta season. It has always been the time to settle old scores, until next time. I remember a great battle that I was involved in sailing with Carlo Falcone’s Caccia Alla Volpe up against Dougie Myers’ Legacy. Both boats were 44 feet and evenly matched. We even ended up toe-to-toe in the protest room but that was thrown out. Sadly, Dougie is no longer with us but the Legacy racing mark we use today is named after his boat. It’s great to see Caribbean boats returning to Antigua Sailing Week this year and I hope there will be many more.”

This year prior to Antigua Sailing Week, the Yachting World Round Antigua Race will take place on Saturday 28th April. The 50-mile race was previously a part of Antigua Sailing Week, but this year the race has been re-introduced as an optional race open to all yachts.

Peter Harrison’s 115-foot Farr-designed ketch Sojana holds the race record, completing the course in 4 hours, 37 minutes and 43 seconds in 2009. Sailing yacht Sojana will be back this year to defend her title but is expecting some serious competition as Sojana’s skipper, Marc Fitzgerald, explains:

Charter Yacht Sojana

Charter Yacht Sojana

“I was delighted to hear that the Yachting World Round Antigua Race is back. It is a great day out on the water for everyone involved and racing round Antigua is a fantastic race course. Given the right conditions, I think we can definitely better our own record. In 2009, we had good breeze but it never really got above 20 knots. We have also invested in better sails since that time and modified Sojana – we now have a bowsprit and we carry much larger spinnakers. Looking at the current scratch sheet, our closest competition will be the 92′ Maxi Med Spirit, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a few other superyachts getting involved, which will make the race even more exciting. Sojana will have her usual crew including principle helmsman, Poul Hoj-Jensen, Antigua’s Karl James and possibly one or two other well-known sailors. We will be hoping that the trade winds deliver on the day and if they do, I am sure we will be in with a chance of beating the course record.”

Racing at Antigua Sailing Week starts on Sunday 29th April and concludes on Friday 4th May – five days of sizzling action on the foaming blue waters that Antigua is famous for. Every afternoon and evening the entire English Harbour area will be hopping with the sound of live music. Wednesday 2nd May is Lay Day and there will be a fun-filled party on Pigeon Beach and a few surprises in store.

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk to compete in the 2012 Rolex China Sea Race

March 20, 2012

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk owned by Geoff Hill is expected to race in the Rolex China Sea Race which starts on Wednesday 4 April. The Genuine Risk superyacht arrived last week and went straight to a yard to be commissioned. She is being put onto the water today.

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk

Dubois 90 sailing yacht Genuine Risk

Proud new owner Geoff Hill admits that time is his biggest challenge for the Rolex China Sea Race. “We will only have limited time to commission the boat and tune her up. The other challenge will of course be the putting together of an experienced crew and moulding them into a team. I’m fortunate in having a very good nucleus available from my Strewth team here in Hong Kong and I have been able to attract some very well credentialed Australian and American sailors with big boat experience,” says Hill.

Purchased in 2011, Geoff enthuses that the luxury yacht Genuine Risk is “an amazing boat” – built to state-of-the-art specifications in 2004 at a total cost in excess of US$8 million. Apart from her 2010/2011 campaign, Geoff is quick to point out “that she has been very lightly raced with only 1,200 engine hours on the clock – less than 50 days.” He picked her up for a song along with two containers full of gear and an entire suite of 2011 sails.

The Dubois 90 superyacht Genuine Risk is a step up for Hill as his new toy is nearly double the size of his TP52. With a canting keel, a 16 foot draft, huge sails and enormous power, Geoff and his crew will be dealing with a very different machine.

Sailing with Geoff across the China Sea will be one of Australia‘s most experienced and well-known yachtsmen, Syd Fischer – who will be leading Genuine Risk’s Australian programme later in the year. David Witt, a world-class yachtsman who previously ran Grant Wharington’s Skandia, will be leading a team of big boat sailors including Led Pritchard and two of Genuine Risk’s recent crew, including Bill Jenkins. Old Strewth crew, Alan Tillyer, Olivier Decamps, Adam Mowser (who will run the boat’s Hong Kong programme), Mark Fullerton, John Hall and Clyde Freeman are also expected to be on board.

Geoff is no stranger to the Rolex China Sea Race which this year celebrates its 50th Anniversary. He first did the Race in 2004 on John Leigh’s Farr 40 yacht Time. Subsequent Races were on his own boat and whilst he says he has enjoyed every Race so far, he admits “perhaps less so in 2008 when we lost the keel on Strewth”.

“I regard the Rolex China Sea Race as one of the true offshore blue water classics, and I have done most in the same category such as the Newport to Bermuda race because, unlike the Sydney to Hobart, you are genuinely offshore for most of the race. I also enjoy the fact that it’s a very tactical race and therefore you really need to get your navigation correct… particularly in the Philippines sector,” adds Geoff.

Hill is a great fan of the Rolex China Sea Race and is looking forward to the 2012 edition in particular: “Anniversaries are always important events and the 50th Rolex China Sea race is very important because it demonstrates the popularity of the event and its success in establishing itself as one of the premier world offshore races. I participated in the Rolex Sydney Hobart centenary race where we had over 200 vessels it would be great if we could get at least half this to reflect our 50 years.”

Once the issue of time has been conquered, Geoff looks to his next concerns:“My major competition will be firstly, as they always are, the sea and the weather as they will determine who wins the race. Having said this, the Rolex China Sea Race can often be a small boat race and on handicap there are plenty of contenders, ranging of course from Neil Pryde who has had a lock on first place with HiFi to Anthony Root on Red Kite II who has also been very successful. On handicap, you can never leave out Nick Burns and Fred Kinmonth’s EFG Bank Mandrake. As for first across the line… only Ludde Ingvall’s old Nicorette (which last raced in Hong Kong under the Audi ultra banner in the China Coast Regatta) stands in the way if she comes back to Hong Kong from Singapore,“ says Hill.

On that score, Ludde is indeed looking to bring his boat up for the Race and has put an entry form in: “I figure that this has to be the premium offshore race in Asia and a 50th Anniversary is a big deal. It would be a real gem of a race with two maxis. That would be a dream situation.”

Geoff is quick to agree with a ‘Battle Royal’ scenario: “It would be terrific. I would really like to see some of the other more competitive maxis like Wild Oats XI, Wild Thing, Ranger, Morning Glory and of course Investec Loyal come up for the Race too, but we will get the chance to race them later in the year if they don’t, as we will be taking the boat to Australia to do the Rolex Sydney to Hobart before bringing it back next year for the Asian circuit.”

“Hopefully the Genuine Risk yacht being based in Hong Kong will bring other Maxis to the region to compete. I am a firm believer that the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club sponsors two of the best races in the world – the Rolex China Sea Race and the VinaCapital Hong Kong to Vietnam Race. These are world-class events, as is the China Coast Regatta, and we need the international competition. Unfortunately one of the issues that we have today with a boat like Genuine Risk is finding a suitable place to keep her in Hong Kong, as there is a lack of big boat facilities; but we think we’ve got that sorted.”

34th America´s Cup: Energy Team stepping up the pace

March 19, 2012

Following the last competition in San Diego last November, Energy Team has slowly but surely continued to build its project, as it looks forward to the 34th America’s Cup. The next event on the World Series calendar will be held in just a few weeks from now in Naples in Italy from 7th to 15th April and the main aim of the French challenger will of course be to confirm the good results reached in San Diego last November.

Energy Team Photo Credit: Gilles Martin-Raget

Energy Team Photo Credit: Gilles Martin-Raget

For the moment, the team is hard at work on every level: racing, the technical aspects, strategy and marketing. As the line up for Naples is being drawn up, an announcement is expected soon about a major agreement, which will allow Energy Team to move up a gear.

Ambition, forward thinking and fast response are the principles behind the French challenger, which has led them to step up the pace and continue to adapt to the increasing importance of the event, planning for various situations and racing programmes in these economically challenging times, where adjustments are always necessary in terms of marketing and finance. After the preparation phase and the hard work done ashore, it is now time for training, commitment and battle out on the water.

Confirming the progress we saw in San Diego
Since the Energy Team project was launched, the goals have been clear and well-planned. They wish to achieve the highest level of racing in the AC45 and get up there with the top teams. Having already obtained two final places and climbed up on the podium several times last November in San Diego, the French showed that they were capable of doing battle with the finest in the world like Oracle or Emirates Team New Zealand. In Naples in April, they will have to confirm these achievements, but also build on their performance, in spite of a lack of training this winter. As Loïck Peyron explains, “We haven’t sailed together on the AC45 since the races in San Diego, but no one has been taking it easy, I can assure you. I took part in the Jules Verne Trophy during the winter and have just got back into the Extreme 40 circuit. Yann Guichard and other members of the team, like Christophe André trained in a MOD 70, while Arnaud Jarlegan confirmed his 18-foot European championship title.”

A new line-up for Naples
Although he will be there in Naples, Loïck Peyron will not be on board Energy Team and as in San Diego, he will be handing over the helm of the French boat to Yann Guichard. As for the crew, the British sailor Peter Greenhalgh will be replaced by the Swiss sailor Arnaud Psarofaghis. Loïck Peyron: “Peter is moving on, largely because of the difficulty we had in communicating on board. Even if Peter’s work has always been excellent, it is tricky talking two languages on the same boat in a race. I just hope that given his immense talent, we’ll be seeing him again in the circuit. The crew of Energy Team for Naples will therefore be entirely French-speaking, including Yann Guichard, Arnaud Jarlegan, Christophe André, Devan Le Bihan and Arnaud Psarofaghis.”

Men at work
The schedule for the French challenger has been drawn up to ensure they are ready in Naples and they will be beginning the training as soon as possible. The technical team has been in Valencia over the past few weeks and have been checking over the boat after she was stripped down in San Diego, so that everything has been verified now for the 2012 season. In Naples, to deal with the light conditions that are expected, the wings of the AC45 will be extended by an additional section at the top (5m2) allowing them to find some more wind higher up and obtain more power. Working along the same lines, Energy Team will be lining up in Naples with a new set of headsails, in order to be even more efficient in the light airs in Italy, first in Naples and then in Venice.

Making sure everything is perfect to get to the Louis Vuitton Cup in an AC72

Energy Team’s partners enable the French team to commit to the AC45 circuit until the final races planned for the summer of 2013 in San Francisco. But Energy Team is stepping up the pace (in terms of racing, communication, marketing and R&D), in able to be able to enter the AC72 circuit or at least to be in the best of shape in the AC45 circuit.

As Bruno Peyron explains, “We are looking at the idea of competing with a second AC45 next season, in order to build up a squad, which will form the basis of our AC72 crew. We are therefore continuing to do our utmost to be there in San Francisco for the2013 Louis Vuitton Cup. We know what is at stake and the conditions: we have the experience, credibility and the racing talent. Our design team and builders are capable of coming up with a great boat. Finally, a coherent marketing strategy and a suitable commercial product should ensure a good return on investment. Looking at the overall situation, our team is ready and able to do well at every level, so everything is in place to ensure the French are present in the next America’s Cup. I should add that we are committed to the long term and while our goal is to be present in the 34th America’s Cup, it is also to prepare for the next one. That is why we want to remain hard at it and we will be trying to get partners together around our exceptional project”.

Extreme Sailing Series™ 2013-2015 Host Venue Bid Process Starts

March 19, 2012

Following the successful first Act of this year’s Extreme Sailing Series™ 2012 yacht race at The Wave, Muscat in Oman, the OC ThirdPole is delighted to announce the opening of the next round of Host Venue selection process for prospective cities as well as regions that desire to host an event in 2013 and beyond. The award-winning and innovative circuit offers Host Venues with an important value-for-money destination marketing package, together with the direct economic benefits that each event brings to the host cities.

Extreme Sailing Series fleet racing only a few meters from the beach in Nice Credit Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series fleet racing only a few meters from the beach in Nice Credit: Lloyd Images

In 2012, three new host venues of Porto (Portugal), Cardiff (UK), and Brazil (Brazilian venue to be confirmed at separate press announcement) have signed up to the circuit, as the fleet returns to previous host venues of Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Trapani (Italy), and Nice (France).

With UK, Brazil, Oman, China and Turkey already committed in 2013 as part of multi-year deals, there are three Host Venue slots available in the bid process for next year. The circuit will retain a core of European venues, but continue its development in to new markets across 4 continents.

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China.  Credit: Lloyd Images

The Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 2. Qingdao. China. Credit: Lloyd Images

Bids will be evaluated on the same criteria that were applied to select the 2012 venues. These include first and foremost, a suitable and ideally ‘iconic’ venue that can facilitate the ‘stadium’ racing concept, strong support from local government and authorities, the ability to attract tens of thousands of spectators and a solid regional and national marketing and communications plan.

Fleet racing on the final day in front of the packed Race Village in Trapani Credit Lloyd Images

Fleet racing on the final day in front of the packed Race Village in Trapani Credit: Lloyd Images

All host venues enjoy the direct and indirect benefits of having thousands of spectators visiting the event, as Don Luciano Alonso, Minister of Tourism, Trade and Sports for the Andalucia government who invested for three years in the event explains: “The hotels were 90% full, 75,000 spectators watched the event… The results we have witnessed make it clear that we made the right decision when we bought the Extreme Sailing Series™ for Almeria.” An independent report commissioned by the region confirmed a 5 times ROI on their financial investment.

Each Act gives the Host Venue a global media platform to showcase the region and its waterside facilities to the world, as well as promote the sport of sailing within their local community. The Extreme Sailing Series™ strives also to leave a lasting legacy in each location, activating charitable, volunteer and ‘try sailing’ programmes for all ages and experience levels.

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey . Istanbul Credit Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series 2011. Act 3.Turkey. Istanbul Credit: Lloyd Images

Prior to the opening Act at The Wave, Muscat, Oman Sail, CEO, David Graham commented: “The value of hosting such events is enormous in terms of inspiring even more Omanis to discover sailing and writing the next chapter of Oman’s maritime history. We expect to bring many new visitors to Oman and many others to see the country through the global media coverage the event will generate.”

Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1.The Wave Muscat. OmanCredit: Lloyd Images

Extreme Sailing Series 2012. Act 1. The Wave Muscat. Oman Credit: Lloyd Images

Closing date for the tender process is 18th May 2012, by 1st June a shortlist will be confirmed and final confirmations made by 29th June, ahead of announcing publicly the 2013 Extreme Sailing Series™ circuit dates and venues in September.